Top 10 Irish Twitter Trends (26 Sept-2 Oct)

Each week Olytico tracks the trending Twitter topics in Ireland. We specialise in social media listening and analysis, helping our clients make well-informed, performance-driven decisions based on Olytico insights.
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The Top 10 Twitter Trends in Ireland from last week (25th September – 2nd October 2016) are summarised below.


1. #RyderCup

Team USA won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 in Hazeltine, Minnesota last weekend. The winning team dedicated their win to the memory of American golfing legend Arnold Palmer who died on September 25th. The behaviour of spectators was a major topic of discussion on Twitter and seemed to take away from the fantastic standard of golf played as US vice-captain Tom Lehman had to tell the crowd to calm down as the heckling started getting out of hand.


2. #COAwarenessWeek

Tommy McAnairy, the famous bright yellow canary balladeer, spread the word about the dangers associated with carbon monoxide. HSE Ireland and Electric Ireland took part in Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2016 by getting the word out to their Twitter followers. Click here to learn more about how to safeguard against carbon monoxide.


3. #Blas2016

The best quality Irish produce from across Ireland was showcased at the Dingle Food Festival last weekend in association with The Irish Food Awards. From rubs and sauces to ciders and vinegars, 100 food and drink category winners were announced in Dingle on the 1st of October and many took to Twitter to announce their success.


4. #KnowYourRepealers

Tipperary woman Emma Burns responded to a tweet generalizing the marchers of the fifth annual March For Choice  as “liberal students from Dublin universities and Trotskyites”  by starting the #KnowYourRepealers hashtag. Soon after repealers followed suit by tweeting brief accounts of themselves challenging the generalization of supporters of #RepealThe8th.


5. #ThingsLeeDid & #DubvMayo

West took on east again on Saturday as Dublin fought to defend the Sam Maguire trophy from a hungry Mayo team who were attempting to break the legendary curse that has been hanging over the team for 65 years. The All Ireland replay saw the Dubs steal the title by a single point to the adulation of the sea of blue jerseys and smoke that swirled around the stadium.

In the days leading up the replay the hashtag, #ThingsLeeDid began trending on Twitter. The hashtag referred to the rambunctious Mayo half-back Lee Keegan and his exaggerated and mostly imaginary actions.


6. Big Sam

Sam Allardyce was dismissed as England football manager after just 67 days following an investigation into a film released by the Daily Telegraph of Big Sam discussing a number of controversial topics, including third-party ownership of players – an aspect of the game the FA have played a key role in banning.


7. #ThisTown

Irish singer song-writer and ex One-Directioner, Niall Horan released his first solo single last week called ‘This Town’. This much-anticipated release did not disappoint his fans as they expressed their reactions of joy on Twitter after listening to the track.


8. #FearlessAmbition

Network Ireland’s Annual Conference and Awards celebrated the fearless ambition of women in business in Ireland last Friday at the Clarion Hotel in Cork. Eight regional winners were pitted against each other for the national title of Business woman of the Year in four categories:  Employee, Emerging Business, Small Established Business and Established Business.


9. #HowToBeaMan

“How to be a Man” is a series of articles in the Irish Times exploring masculinity and the challenges facing men in Ireland today. Some readers praised the initiative, while others were a bit confused about the focus of the series.


10. Garda

An Garda Síochána are planning to strike on November 4, 11, 18 and 25 in an effort to influence a raise in pay and better working conditions. If sergeants and inspectors join the industrial action it would leave under 250 officers and 1,800 Garda reserve volunteers to police the country.


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